Karnataka Floor Test: Democracy restored, Says Congress on SC order

Ghulam Nabi Azad

Bengaluru, May 18: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s order of holding a floor test in Karnataka Assembly, the Congress said Constitution has won and democracy restored. 

“The Supreme Court has saved democracy by advancing the floor test to Saturday from the 15 days the Governor gave to Yeddyurappa to prove that the BJP has the majority for its government to continue,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told media.

Slamming the Karnataka Governor for inviting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a government, Azad said it was surprising that the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), which together have the support of 117 MLAs, were not invited instead.

In the recently held Assembly election in 222 constituencies, the BJP bagged 104 seats, the Congress 78 and the JD-S 37, with the latter two forming a post-poll alliance.

As JD-S state President H.D. Kumaraswamy won from both Channapatna and Ramanagara, the party effectively has 37 votes, including one vote from its Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ally.

Two Independents were also backing the Congress and the JD-S, Azad claimed. “Never in the history has any Governor given two weeks time to prove majority,” Azad asserted.

Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah targetted the Governor for his “unconstitutional” decision of allowing the saffron party to form the government.

“The Governor asking the BJP which has won only 104 seats to form the government shows that he has colluded with the party and its leaders,” Siddaramaiah stated.

The Congress leaders showcased confidence that the party’s and JD-S MLAs would support them during the floor test on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The top court’s decision came a day after Yeddyurappa took oath as the Chief Minister of the southern state.


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